Among the visits Jones, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive lineman from Roanoke Rapids (N.C.), has made to UNC in the past year include almost every home football game and a July camp, where he was offered and subsequently committed.
In spite of the new relationships he started and continued to build over the weekend, it was a person that Jones is very familiar with that served as his player host. Close friend and former Roanoke Rapids linemate J.J. Patterson hosted Jones throughout his stay.
"It was pretty much any other day when we were going to school together," Jones said. "I was new to the area at [Roanoke Rapids High School] and he helped me out. So it was pretty much like what I was going into this weekend."
Among his many Chapel Hill visits, Jones attended the UNC-Maryland game last basketball season. As part of his official visit weekend, Jones was back in the Dean Dome for another UNC-Maryland basketball game.
"I was glad that UNC pulled that one out," Jones said. "I doubted them, because they had some trouble earlier this year. They came out and really played."
Although Randy Jordan is recruiting Jones for UNC, the coach Jones spent the most time with this weekend was Deke Adams, his future position coach.
"We didn't talk about football," Jones said. "We just talked about me getting my stuff together and the transition and about life – it wasn't even about football."
Jones, who was accompanied by his mother and her boyfriend, concluded his stay with a meeting with Larry Fedora in his office.
"We asked him questions and he came up with some really good answers," Jones said. "He answered all the questions that I had and now I'm really looking forward to next year. It sounds like they really have a lot of confidence in me."
Although he has primarily played defensive end during his high school career, many project Jones will grow into a defensive tackle.